Futurama celebrates its 100th episode by changing everything, and we've got the first clip. Other essential television this week: Michio Kaku's Sci-Fi Science, Nestor Carbonell returns, Warehouse 13, an extra-dark The Gates... and the Jesus Lizard! Tons of clips below.
Today's television includes the winningest cartoon combination of them all — Scooby Doo: Mystery Inc. at 7 PM, Johnny Test at 7:30, Adventure Time at 8 PM, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack at 8:30 PM, and Total Drama World Tour at 9 PM. I've just started experiencing the wonders of the new Scooby Doo series and Adventure Time, and they're way more fun and awesome than I realized. Adventure Time, in particular, is completely loony and surreal in a really good way, and until Chuck et al. come back, you could do a lot worse than to spend your Monday evenings watching some silly cartoons. Check out this cute clip from last week's Scooby Doo:
Also, there's SCIENCE. Well, sort of. National Geographic has the season finale of Monster Fish, about the "Monsters Of The Nile." And Health has Mystery Diagnosis, focusing on "The Toddler that Went Through Puberty." They're both on at 10 PM, so either way, SCIENCE wins.
There's also a new Scream Queens on VH1 at 10 PM, in case you hate SCIENCE.
Time to ditch work! BET is showing Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood at 1 PM today. And Showtime has The Spirit at 3:30 PM. And FX is showing X-Men: The Last Stand at 8 PM, followed by Lost In Space. And at 10:30 PM, Starz is showing K-PAX.
Oh, and I'm just going to mention once that Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen is on HBO a million times this week, because they don't want you to have the strength to go on living.
Warehouse 13 continues to rock our worlds, on Syfy at 9 PM, with "Vendetta." Pete's old flame Kate is back, just in time for shit to start getting really deadly. The team has to go to Russia to deal with another one of Artie's "old friends." This show has been on a major roll lately, and this sneak peek looks just as great:
Also, there's a new Unnatural History on the Cartoon Network at 8 PM. Can't wait for the new Thor movie? Well, it looks like "Thor's Slammer" will include a bit of a tribute, along with some quicksand:
There's also a new It's Effin Science on G4 at 9 PM.
Then at 10 PM, there's a new post-apocalyptic reality-show outing, with The Colony on Discovery, while National Geographic has the season finale of National Geographic Explorer, taking you "Inside Bioterror," also at 10 PM.
And at 10:30 PM, IFC has yet another amazing outing of The IT Crowd!
Starz is showing The Men Who Stare At Goats at 11 AM, and then again at 9 PM. And Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is on HBO at 6:45 PM. The awesome horror film The Signal, sporting the slogan "Do you have the crazy?" is on TMC at 9:40 PM. The James Bond classic Dr. No is on Encore at 4:30 AM Wednesday morning.
Science has the season premiere of Sci-Fi Science: Physics Of The Impossible, with two back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30. The first episode is about "Earth 2.0" and the second one is about "Galactic Colonization." Watch Dr. Michio Kaku explain how all of science fiction's craziest ideas could one day come true. Says the Science Channel:
Someday mankind will face almost unthinkable challenges. We'll need a home other than Earth, our planet may be invaded by alien life, we'll have to stave off an impact from an asteroid, our robots may rise up against us, we'll look to colonize other planets and more. All are potentially scary scenarios that seem to come more from science fiction movies rather than reality. But what's impossible today could be matter-of-fact tomorrow. The good news? We'll have science fiction to fall back on for potential solutions. In season two of Science Channel's hit series SCI FI SCIENCE: PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, premiering Wednesday, September 1, at 10 PM (ET), world-renowned physicist and best-selling author Dr. Michio Kaku returns to tackle how mankind will deal with real-life situations from the world of science fiction.
Here's a clip from the first season:
Meanwhile, it's the season finale of Wonders Of The Solar System on Science at 9 — and it's all about "Aliens."
That's followed at 10 by Chasing Mummies on History, which is all about "Bats."
But there's also Psych on USA, also at 10 PM — and "Shawn 2.0" features the man you know as Richard Alpert, the mayor of Gotham City, and most importantly Batmanuel — Nestor Carbonell!
James And The Giant Peach is on Showtime at 8:30 AM, followed by Dracula: Dead And Loving It at 10:00 AM. Starz, meanwhile, is showing Stare At Goats around 9:15 AM, followed immediately by G-Force, another animal-themed superpower movie. The original Resident Evil is on Cinemax at 11:20 AM. The Terminator is on AMC at 2:45 PM, and The Box is on Cinemax at 3:00 PM. Invaders From Mars is on FLIX at 4:00 PM. And then at 4:20 AM Thursday morning, HBO is showing Stephen King's Thinner, about a guy who loses weight thanks to a Gypsy curse.
Futurama is having its 100th episode and its season finale, on Comedy Central at 10 PM. (This is actually the midseason finale, but they're not showing the rest of the season until next year, sadly.) Given the dual landmarks, expect "The Mutants Are Revolting" to be a pretty huge episode. Featuring Devo! Here's the synopsis, according to The Infosphere:
The Planet Express crew has been hired for their 100th delivery, and Bender plans the party of the millennium. Meanwhile, as the rest of the crew attends a fund raiser, Fry accidentally spills that Leela is not an alien but a mutant who illegally lives on the surface. Leela is banished to the sewers, and the Planet Express crew, along with the mutated members of Devo, helps her lead an epic revolution for mutant rights. This episode shows Leela forcing Fry to jump in the mutating waters, and him becoming a blob like mutant.
And here's a clip that I don't think has popped up anywhere else yet:
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But that's not the only exciting thing on Thursday! You can also find out why love is like cocaine. Nightline has a special investigation into "Secrets Of The Mind: Why We Do What We Do," at 10 PM. And it looks pretty freakin hilarious, judging from this promo:
The History Channel has a new episode of The Universe at 9 PM ("Asteroid Attack!"), followed by a new Stan Lee's Superhumans at 10 ("Human Wolf!").
Groundhog Day is on Oxygen at 6 AM, in case you want to wake up and pretend you've woken up on the same day over and over. The Terminator is on AMC at 9:30 AM. And then in the afternoon, The Incredible Mr. Limpet is on TCM at 4 PM. The ever-awesome Timecop is on Encore at 9:30 PM. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is on FX at 10 PM. And then at 4:25 AM Friday morning, Jack Nicholson is book editor who starts getting hairier, in Wolf.
Any time I hear the words "Jesus Lizard," I automatically drop everything and pay attention. National Geographic is hoping the same will be true for you, with their new episode of National Geographic Amazing, featuring "Jesus Lizard And Ghost Science," at 7 PM. You don't have to wait, though, the Jesus Lizard is here already:
Sadly, there's no Eureka or Haven this week.
Syfy is having another day of non-stop movies, with such odd juxtapositions as Mimic: Sentinel and The Nightmare Before Christmas, leading up to several installments of Stephen King's The Langoliers and Stephen King's The Tommyknockers. Cinemax is showing The Addams Family at 11:15 AM, followed immediately by Addams Family Values. And then a bit later, at 5:45 PM, Cinemax is showing 17 Again. Planet 51 is on Starz at 7:30 PM. Catwoman is teaching us all about empowerment and stuff, on Oxygen at 8 PM. At 12:45 AM, Cinemax rounds out the night with Alien Sex Files 3: Sex Wars, a movie so smutty, it has to have "sex" in the title twice. And at 2:00 AM, AMC is showing They Live, followed by The Day The Earth Stood Still.
The holiday weekend basically puts the kibosh on your television-watching plans. Time to catch up on your Netflix Instant.
The Abyss is on HBO first thing, at 6:00 AM, in case you want to relive James Cameron's first underwater adventure. The bloated, stereotype-ridden Live And Let Die is on Encore at 10 AM. At 12:30, the Cartoon Network has Pokemon 3: The Movie. Watch your first Jewish exorcism in The Unborn, on HBO2 at 1:30 PM. Syfy is showing a lot more of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers, followed by Stephen King's The Stand and Stephen King's Desperation.
Spike has all three Star Wars prequels running in the afternoon and evening. Encore is showing The Fifth Element at 8 PM, followed by Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. The Simpsons Movie is on FX at 8:30 PM, and Dracula 2000 is on TMC at 9 PM. Starz has District 9 and Quarantine at 10:35 PM and 12:30 AM respectively. Or you could get your zombie riot on with Beyond Reanimator, on IFC at 8:45 PM, followed immediately by From Dusk till Dawn.
No new True Blood, either. Damn you, Labor Day weekend!
Luckily, the holiday weekend doesn't prevent ABC from showing a new episode of The Gates, the best show you're quite possibly not watching. (Judging from the ratings, anyway.) This is another show that's been knocking it out of the park lately, and the most recent episode featured the most awesome werewolf seduction I've seen in forever. (The female werewolf has a secret name for her non-existent band, but refuses to share it until she knows Charlie better, which takes basically a whole episode.) Anyway, this show has been doing great things with the admittedly tired vampire, werewolf and witch tropes. And it sounds like this episode moves things forward at a brisk clip, plus it's written by former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine/Andromeda producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe. Honestly, even if you don't care for this show, it's worth giving another glance just for Wolfe's writing. Here's the synopsis:
"Little Girl Lost" - When a vindictive madman kidnaps their daughter, Dylan and Claire frantically enlist Nick's help. But as the search for Emily leads them far from The Gates, Nick begins to learn some horrifying truths about the couple's vampiric past. Feeling increasingly in the dark, Sarah presses her husband on the eerie details of the case. Meanwhile, Brett contends with the realities of a relationship with Andie, and Charlie becomes painfully aware that the people around him are . . . not human.
And here's the promo:
There's also the third season finale of Leverage, "The Morning After Job," on TNT at 9 PM.
Encore is showing Jaws at 6:30 AM, Jumanji at 8:40 AM, and The Mask at 11:00 AM. Meanwhile, Showtime has Igor at 8:30 AM. The original supercar movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is on ABC Family at 9 AM. And Starz is showing Zombieland at 11:15 AM. TBS is having a marathon of Noah Wyle's The Librarian movies all morning.
Syfy is doing another all-day movies thing, in case you want to rewatch Eragon and Highlander: The Source. (It could happen.)
FLIX is once again showing Invaders From Mars at 3:30 PM, followed immediately by Rollerball at 5:00 PM. Sphere is on Encore at 5:45 PM, and then The Mask at 8. Superman II is on BBC America at 8 PM. Blade will be on Telemundo (in Spanish) at 9 PM. And last, but definitely not least, Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy will be on FMC at 4:00 AM Monday morning.